Arrival in the South Shetland Islands (62°24´S)
Trip Start Feb 04, 2010
94Trip End Feb 12, 2011
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After walking across moss and lichen covered rocks to arrive at a small glacier melt freshwater lake, we found molting Southern Elephant Seals sprawled across the rocky shore. Nearby, Antarctic Fur Seals (sea lions) and a lone Weddell Seal lounged below the Southern Giant Petrel nests. There are six species of seals roaming the Antarctic, but only four inhabit the icy waters surrounding the continent: Elephant, Weddell, Crabeater and Leopard seals. The three hours on land sped by and we were keen to continue exploring at our next landing later the same day.